Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) : Choose Your Process Wisely

The word "Process" within Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is very vital and utmost care should be taken and we should choose our process wisely. The right selection of the process determines the make or break of successful RPA implementation. The observation is RPA projects don't meet the Return Of Investment (ROI) expectations only due to the wrong choice in selection of the process.

With so much hype around RPA the customers or business leaders with limited awareness of RPA often end up selecting wrong process as part of their debut RPA implementation. The wrong choice of process doesn't yield them the expected ROI leaving them dejected. Looking at their lower ROI even other Business Leaders tend to loose the confidence in RPA implementation.

Choosing process wisely what does that mean. Let's first understand your key purpose or objective while doing RPA implementation and what is that you as a Business Leader want to achieve.

(a) Are you trying to introduce RPA only to reduce the employee head count?

(b) Are you looking forward to simplify or automate the process to increase productivity?

(c) Are you looking forward to automate only the complex process?

Before we can address these questions let us be clear in understanding what contributes in wrong selection of RPA process.

(a) If your process logic or business rules they keep on changing often with increasing regularity then such process does not fit to be a good candidate in RPA process selection. New business rules means re-configuration each time the business rules or logic changes.

(b) If your process has dependency on government or regulatory changes which do keep changing often then such process too won't yield the optimum ROI as far as RPA implementation goes.

(c) If your process has low volume of data or if your process selected is one that runs just once in a given year (E.g. Annual Appraisal of Employees) such process don't give the best ROI results or equate in man hours saving.

Before you get into the heart of the process understanding it would be ideal if we first do an Initial Process Assessment and determine which process fits the best with the above few pointers in mind.

Choose your process wisely - Those that are rule based, stable, having high volume data and where business rules don't change often.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mera Naam Raj Kapoor by : Niilesh A Raje

Tribute to Late Raj Kapoor Ji the prolific Indian film actor, producer, director and the greatest showman of Indian Cinema on his 30th death anniversary today. Raj Kapoor Sahab dominated the Indian Film Industry with his good work with ease and poise.
While Raj Sahab called himself as a joker but for the hear-throb of the millions he was the Raju the common man next door. In show business where the stakes are high and pressure tremendous Late Raj Kapoor Ji went way ahead in his life to establish R K Studios, producing and directing some of the biggest box office hits in the history of Indian Cinema.
Amongst all of his movies I would like to share some interesting anecdotes from his movie "Bobby". Raj Kapoor Sahab at one point of time in his career was considered at par with the Almighty. Even the dust he tried to touch used to get converted into gold. But, after the release of "Mera Naam Joker" then next three to four years left Raj Saab under deep mental turmoil coupled with huge financial losses. Raj Sahab not only lost his parents during the said time but also lost his his dear friend and close associate Jaikishen Ji from the duo Shankar-Jaikishen.

But, as they say, "All it takes is one big success to wipe out all your previous failure". Same thing happened with Raj Kapoor Ji after the release of Bobby. Raj Sahab was inspired watching the 1970 Hollywood movie "Love Story" an American romantic drama film written by Erich Segal. Lover of Archie comics Raj Sahab went ahead to read the bestselling novel "Love Story" also written by the author Erich Segal before adapting it into a movie. The adage “Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry” has been well said by the author Erich Segal in his enduring classic.
Neetu Singh was one of them aspiring for the role in the movie "Bobby". She did not get "Bobby" in reel life but got her "Bobby" in real life. Two new stars were born post the release of this movie one was Rishi Kapoor and other was Dimple Kapadia. In an interview Rishi Kapoor stated, "There was a misconception that the film was made to launch me as an actor. The film was actually made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker".
With Jaikishen having passed away the probability of doing the music with just one half of the team was something Raj Sahab wasn't convinced off. Music score for "Bobby" was finally done by the duo Laxmikant Pyarelal Ji. It is indeed creditable that Late Anand Bakshi Saab placed his stamp of creativity in "Bobby" with his prolific lyrics. 
"Bobby" became a sensational box office hit not only within India but also globally. "Bobby" restored the position of Late Raj Kapoor Ji within the industry once again in good sound and financial position. Raj Sahab became the biggest film maker and continues to remain the greatest showman of Indian Cinema.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Book Review “Stay Tuned” (The Story of Radio in India) ~ by Niilesh A Raje

“Ye Akashwani Hai Abhi Aap . . . Se Samachar Suniye”, “Namaste Bhaino Aur Bhaiyon Mein Aap Ka Dost Ameen Sayani Bol Raha Hoon”, “Jaab Jeeturaj Bolta Hai Tho Akha Mumbai Sunta Hai” words like these remains committed to the ears of many radio listeners of all ages. Till the advent of television or mobile phones radio ruled the entertainment industry in India. Be it listening to the news, sports commentary or your favourite songs over the radio at your home or while having hair cut at your very own barber shop radio remained the most popular and effective medium of entertainment for the common masses.

Radio in those days meant All India Radio (AIR) on the AM band. The real decline of the radio popularity was witnessed within Indian households during 1991 when cable and satellite television made their entry into the Indian markets. However, Indians were once again captivated back to radio listening when private commercial FM stations started operating in India at the beginning of the twenty first century.

But, how many of us know about the history of radio in India, the different types of radios services, different formats of radio or your audience research that makes the program on air equally popular, effective and entertaining. Debut author Pankaj Athawale has recently come up with his first book titled, “Stay Tuned” (The Story of Radio in India) published with Indus Source Books which would address all of these questions not only from the angle of curiosity of readers but would also address the under graduate and post graduate media course students across the country.

Author, Pankaj has been hosting radio shows on All India Radio’s FM stations. He also holds the credit for having the cricket commentary for various bilateral series, World Cup and ICC Championships. During his stint with the radio he had the opportunity to interview many national as well as international dignitaries apart from sharing the microphone with stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar, Clive Lloyd and Kapil Dev and many more.

What I liked about the book is the author has dedicated one full chapter covering each topic at length. The chapter “Radio Services” talks about All India Radio, Private Commercial Radio (FM) in India, Community Radio, Satellite Radio and Internet Radio. While the chapter “Radio Formats” gives the reader detailed insight about the various formats the broadcaster of the radio show needs to adhere to. So for news the format is different, for radio drama the content is different, sports broadcast has its own rule and the protocols one needs to adhere to while addressing shows for the President or Prime Minister of our country the formats are different. The author admits he has been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work on such formats across various stations over the years.

Reading the book I realized radio is just not meant to be synonymous with music. In fact there is lot more that happens behind the scene. Unlike the television or print media the radio is a different ball game all together. Who is listening to your show or how many are listening audience research like this is not possible in real time. Radio has to depend upon conventional methods to do the quantitative analysis of data. Best approach being to take a sample and analyze the responses given to the questionnaire from the voice of your readers.

Readers if you have any more questions that has amplified your curiosity about Radio as a subject I would recommend you to read, “Stay Tuned” (The Story of Radio in India).  
Paperback: 168 pages

Publisher: Indus Source Books; First edition (2017)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-9385509100

Reviewed by :  Niilesh A Raje